Drinking water is not a recent discovery. We all do it (hopefully daily) and there is nothing fancy about it. In fact, bottled water businesses are growing in 2014. There are different brands of “new” water coming out every year (It’s like our tap water is not drinkable!). I have a few questions in this blog; Do we drink enough water? Can I drink other liquid to substitute water? Is bottled water better than tap water? Let’s explore it together.
Do we drink enough water?
Well, I can’t really tell you exactly. It really depends on your living environment, gender, age, and your activity level. A human body contains 60% of water on average. We lose water through many pathways; such as breathing and sweating (visible sweat or not). Not to mention our urine and stool. Also, our body needs water converting food to energy for our survival.
There are many recommendations of how much water we should drink daily. Some people suggest drinking half of your body weight in ounces (eg. A 150 lb. person should drink 75 oz. of water daily). Others suggest 3 liters for man, 2.2 liters for woman. Last but not least, the tradition 8x8 rules; 8 glasses of 8 oz. water daily.
I recommended my patient to drink 6-8 ounces of water every hour. If you are feeling thirsty, you are dehydrating already.
Can I drink other liquids to substitute water?
Yes, you can! (Except for alcohol) Many people choose to drink soda, juice, coffee or tea instead of the tasteless water. However, you have to be aware of the ingredients of those yummy drinks. For instance, soda has high levels of high fructose corn syrup (sugar), which could lead to type II diabetes and obesity. Coffee and tea have caffeine in it, which helps to reduce headache and increase alertness. However, if all you drink is coffee and/or tea, it may cause caffeine withdraw (which cause headache, anxiety and depression) if you stop drinking it.
Is bottled water better than tap water?
In general, both bottled and tap water are safe to drink. However, you need to make sure the water bottle is NSF certify. It greatly lowers the risk of chemicals in the bottle such as EPA leaching into the water. Also, plastic water bottle should be stored in a cool area (not next to a heating source or under direct sunlight exposure). This would prevent “melting” of the plastic seeping into the water.
Most of the tap water is safe to drink in America. However, water
could be contaminated by old water pipes. I would recommend installing a water filtration system or at least get an inexpensive carbon filter container (NSF certify of course!). Last but not least, be proactive and watchful of your water supply. Contact your local water district if your tap water tastes and looks unusual.
The bottom line is we need water to survive. We need to drink adequate amounts of liquid to promote better health. Feel free to contact us at SageMED if you have more questions.